KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA

Drummer - Percussionist


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ARTISTS

Kevin is currently performing with with Hazmat Modine, The Steel Wheels, Gato Loco, Pape Armand Boye, Sky White Tiger, Coyloup, Fever High, The Enophiles, 9 Horses, Karla Rose and The Thorns, Derek Fawcett, and The Swedes. 

Kevin has also worked with Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, The Duhks, Natalie MacMaster, Bright Light Bright Light, MC Frontalot, Gabriel Kahane and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Slow Knights, My Midnight Heart, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, Badu Boye, Bartosz Hadala, and Charlie Rosen, among other artists, ensembles, and bands. 

Guest appearances with: Bombino, Jerry Douglas, Elephant Revival, De Temps Antan, Alash Tuvan Throat Singers, Donna The Buffalo, Oysterband, Tim Chaisson, Le Poules à Colin, Hangai, Coig, Tony McMannis, The Bombadils, and Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba.

MUSICALS

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Cast Member, Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording) 

Fun Home on Broadway (Designated Drummer, Percussionist) 

Murder Ballad (Drummer, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording)

Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Arranger, Cast Recording)

NOIR by Duncan Sheik (Vibraphone, Drummer, Percussionist)

 BCEFA Presents: Hedwig and The Angry Inch (Drummer, Percussionist)

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DANCe

Kevin composes music and accompanies professional dance companies and choreographers. He worked with Merce Cunningham and MCDC until his passing, and recorded for the Legacy project.

Kevin currently accompanies Seán Curran, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Karen Gayle, Holley Farmer, Carol Dilley, Vicky Schick, Tito Del Saz, and Jamie Chandler. 

In the past, Kevin has worked with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Saeko Ichinohe, Mary Cochran, Jeff and Yukie Moen, and Anita Cheng.

Kevin has worked on faculty at Barnard College as a composer in residence and served as Music Director for Gil Stroming's Jump Convention at Break The Floor. 

 


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PRESS

"Percussionist Kevin Garcia is a wonder. His varied instruments allow him to create different tones and textures. His drum solo late in the show was as engaging as it was impressive while also in keeping with the expressive playing he offered all evening."  -The Gazette

PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner 1998. 

Ambassador Musician to France and Poland. 

Made Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Louisiana at Festival International De Louisiane.

NPR Folk Alley's Top Ten Artists of 2014

TRAINING

Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance and Philosophy from Western Michigan University. Mentors Billy Hart, and Judy Moonert.

Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, Cameroonian, and Burkina Faso Percussion Performance with Billy Hart, Boris Amontete Tchango, Zoumana Dembele, Dre Pallemaerts, and Alain Nyame.

The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation, with Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom. 

Tabla study with Ustad Mulazim Hussain. Mridangam study with Guruvayur Dorai. 

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STUDIO

Kevin has a long standing reputation in New York City for making excellent drum set and percussion recordings quickly and efficiently. Visit his selected Discography on the Records page to view his diverse catalog. 

Kevin also offers remote recording services out of his home studio for artists looking to avoid full band studio rental costs. Clients send tracks or session files to Kevin, and he records the instruments in the style of the client's choosing. Visit the Gear page to see a sample of Kevin's collection of interesting instruments. 

Kevin also offers Audio Engineering and Release-Quality Mixing services. Visit the Contact page to get in touch.